KINGSLAND — A delegation representing military communities across Georgia met Wednesday with Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., to discuss how all the state’s bases can better work together to strengthen the state’s contribution to national defense.

Representatives from more than 15 military communities including Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield and Moody Air Force Base.

“This meeting was a great example of the benefit of bringing together the military community groups from around Georgia,” Perdue said. “We heard some very impressive presentations and had a productive discussion about best practices for increasing our role as a state in our national defense.”

Among the participants in the meeting with the senator was Sheila McNeill, former national Navy League president and chair of the Camden Partnership, an organization created to promote community support for Kings Bay and its military mission. The organization also promotes support for the Coast Guard and other sea services, as well as contractors from the public and private sector.

“We are pleased that Sen. Perdue is reaching out to each of our military support organizations to be better understand the needs of our military and our installations in Georgia,” McNeill said. “The collaborative efforts of this group will benefit our state, our military communities and the military who call Georgia home.”

Representatives with Southeast Georgia Friends of Fort Stewart and Hunter also attended the meeting. Paul Andreshak, the organization’s executive director, said there is no disputing Georgia’s importance to national defense.

“The state’s location makes it the ideal rapid deployment hub for any crisis arising north, east or south of the United States with inter-modal facilities rivaled by none,” he said. “Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield has been touted as the Army premier power projection platform on the East Coast.”

Perdue, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the meeting resulted in productive discussions on how to increase the state’s role in national defense.

“Maintaining our national security is one of the most important jobs we have in Congress,” he said. “As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I am proud of the role our state plays in providing for our national security.”

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